Travel Blogs from Beijing
... this for the rest of the group, especially with a 3-4 hour drive through the countryside to Yangchun.
After dinner, we were dropped at the hotel at 7pm. We are exhausted and will be going to bed soon. Last night Sandy and Tess slept through the night but I was up at 3am and couldn't fall back asleep. I am hoping today's activities will knock me out for a full night's sleep and prepare us for the Great Wall tomorrow!
... we never travelled in. This cab was so old he had legitimate reasons for driving in the emergency lane unlike our friend in Beijing. In and out of lanes, up & down gears, urgent braking, he had the lot this fella. Sue & I reached for the motion sickness tablets and when he pulled out in front of the front wheel of a big truck next to us, we reached for the rosary beads.
Reached the Hotel after an eventful trip, we are now in Shanghai
A lovely long weekend, bank holiday today for the Dragon Boat Festival which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating zong zi (rice wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats. It commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a popular minister who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself ...
... on the top level we
went down to try our hand at bargaining! We first went to get a scarf, the
first price they gave us surprised us at how high it was which put me right
off, although we persisted and it was not until we tried to walk away a few
times and me assuring Mea that the price was too high that we finally got one.
After the sale the guy was still chatty and happy, damn we paid too much. We then
went to buy a polo ...
I just got back from Beijing and lacking much cognition... Forgive me for the following discrepancy.
When Matt, Richard and I finally arrived in Beijing by train, we had to make 3 subway transitions to arrive at our hostel - 9 Dragons. The whole process took 2 hours and we were all packed in like sardine cans. Upon arrival, the front desk couldn't find our reservations (all reservations were annotated by hand). Checking in ...